Players begin the game with a pool of six dice with multi-colored sides. On each turn, a player can spend his or her dice to purchase contracts, construct rail links, build switching stations, purchase improvements and deliver one cargo of passengers or freight. Unused dice can be converted into stockpile markers for future use. By purchasing improvements, players can gain more dice with special abilities, become more efficient at laying rail or stockpiling dice, or increase the points they receive when other players deliver cargo over their rails. Bonus points are awarded for delivering passengers quickly or delivering freight over long distances.
The large, two-sided, colorful board has two maps. The western U.S. map, from the California gold rush era, is designed for 2 – 4 players. With many double-track routes, this map allows newer players to effectively plan their networks and maximize deliveries. The southeastern U.S. map, depicting the late Nineteenth Century, has only single-track routes that are significantly interwoven. This provides more advanced strategic options and is intended for 3 – 5 experienced players.
TDT # 256 - Best Game Expansions
In this show, Tom talks about pretty much everything involving gaming that enters his scatterbrained mind. This includes some pretty big announcements, game news, and more. We answer several game questions, announce a game show, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.